Senior editor Jonathan Zwickel has been writing about popular culture since 2000 for publications in San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale and Seattle. Along with his work at City Arts, he occasionally contributes to Pitchfork, Stereogum and Thrillist. His first book, Beastie Boys: A Musical Biography, was published in 2012 by Greenwood Press. He lives on Capitol Hill with his best friend and personal trainer, Edison the Wonderdog.

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Baba Maraire: Shabazz Palaces’ Other Half

Tendai Maraire was born into music. As a kid, year after year, Maraire performed at Folklife alongside his sister Chiwoniso in their father Dumisani's family band. Dumisani was one of the first African musicians to bring marimba—a type of wooden...
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New Song from Damien Jurado: “Nothing Is the News”

Damien Jurado has a new album, Maraqopa, due in February. Today his label Secretly Canadian leaked its first single, "Nothing Is the News." Over the last two years, Jurado has taken his music into darker, sparer, more psychedelic...
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13 Things Kimya Dawson Said to dream hampton at the Sorrento Hotel on Monday Night

About 100 people gathered inside the top-floor conference room of the Sorrento Hotel on Monday night to hear a conversation between Detroit-based author dream hampton and Olympia-based musician Kimya Dawson. The pair took advantage of the intimate...
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Love Binds the World: My Brightest Diamond at St. Mark’s Cathedral

Wealth disparity between young and old Americans is greater than any time in history, and yet every day culture bridges generations like it hasn't in over half a century. This past Saturday night, for instance, 450 Seattleites of wildly diverging ages...
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Q&A with Wild Flag’s Rebecca Cole

Wild Flag’s first concert was less than a year ago in Olympia. But this is no band of rookies. Cary Brownstein and Janet Weiss of NW rock icons Sleater-Kinney, plus guitarist Mary Timony of Helium and keyboardist Rebecca Cole of the Minders, have...
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Sandwich Fight!

Where to find the best sandwich in Seattle? Disregarding a few outliers, the argument comes down to two neighborhoods. PIONEER SQUARE SALUMI Everything made in-house—from traditional spicy coppa and delicate culatello to evolutionary fare like...
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Greatest, Oldest, Grandmotherly-est

The greatest restaurant in Seattle is the oldest restaurant in Seattle. Maneki opened around the turn of the last century (the exact year is debatable), supplying the city’s Japanese population with the stuff of lunch counters, family dinners and...
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Enter with Abandon

Eating is easy. Talking about eating is hard. The current state of ethics, economy and romance in food, as prepared by Seattle’s smartest chefs. Food is delicious. Food is complicated.This much has been true forever: We all gotta eat. Some time...
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Gang Gang Dance: Jam Band

Gang Gang Dance is like that weird spermy squiggle that swims into your squinting field of view [Ed’s note: the technical term is “floater’]: Try looking directly at it and away it swims. For a decade the NYC quartet has zigged and zagged its...
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Battles

The common reaction to Battles’ music can be distilled to three letters: W, t and F. With a sound between prog rock and another dimension, the NYC trio—down one after founding member Tyondai Braxton left last year—manipulates time and space...
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James Blake @ the Showbox: Intent on Innovation

James Blake’s first concert Seattle in was in May at the Tractor, which was packed to its 350-person capacity. Four months later, this past Saturday, Blake sold out the 1,100-seat Showbox. Both crowds—diverse, expectant, physically entwined—were...
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Q&A: Dita Vox of Thee Emergency

Since 2006, Thee Emergency has delivered three soul-saving albums of top-volume, deep-soul garage rock. Singer Dita Vox and guitarist Matt “Sonic” Smith fuel the group’s motor, a quintessential onstage duo drenched in sweat and swagger....